Speedy Ortiz returns to The Hi-Fi

A couple of months ago, Massachusetts band Speedy Ortiz released their third album, Twerp Verse, through Carpark Records. They’ll swing through the midwest this summer, with a return date at the Hi-Fi on June 20th. Anna Burch and Xetas will support. Get up to speed(y) with the band’s new album and recent videos below:

Villain

Lean In When I Suffer

Lucky 88

Speedy Ortiz on Tour:
5/29/18 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s
5/30/18 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
6/1/18 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack
6/2/18 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
6/3/18 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
6/5/18 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge
6/6/18 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
6/7/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
6/9/18 – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
6/10/18 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
6/12/18 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
6/13/18 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project
6/14/18 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
6/16/18 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
6/17/18 – Omaha, NE – Reverb
6/19/18 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room
6/20/18 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi
6/26/18 – Boston, MA – Royale

Sam Evian // You, Forever

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Sam Owens, the New York-based musician, songwriter, and producer that records music under the moniker Sam Evian will release his new album You, Forever this coming June 1st through Saddle Creek Records. We recently featured the album track “IDGAF” on our SIRIUS XMU show, and now Sam is back with two new preview tracks to keep our excitement high. I’m really loving the slacker meander of “You, Forever.” Sam says…

“A few years back, I had a prolific week of writing after I fell on some icy concrete and smacked my head on a steel grate. I’m sure I sustained some sort of concussion, which left me feeling pretty lucid. I had been thinking about Bowie a lot, and decided to try and write something with a ‘Rock and Roll Suicide’ kinda vibe. ‘You, Forever’ just tumbled out of my head, lyrics, melody and all. It was kind of stream of consciousness, which is rare for me. I shelved the song and forgot about it, but dug it out when I was preparing to make this record. It was exciting to sing the words again. They felt more potent than I remembered, but still had the charm of a nice head injury. ‘If you’re anxious, If you’re worn, if you’re keeping to yourself on the telephone’ …who isn’t?”

You, Forever

Country

Trevor Powers // Playwright

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Trevor Powers sunset his Youth Lagoon project back in 2016 and, upon conclusion of his tour that year, dropped out. He has now resurfaced, ready for a fresh start, under his born name with a new song and video and the announcement of the launch of his own label, Baby Halo. Powers also shared the above note, further explaining his retirement from Youth Lagoon.

This new song, “Playwright,” is a beauty, as is the video. The song floats along with brief moments of intensity featuring Trevor’s vocals above asian-inflected orchestration and electronic sonic alterations.

The video, featuring famed synchronized swimming outfit the Aqualillies and directed by Dan Opsal, showcases the mysteriously masked, billowy figures intertwining, trapped in a deep blue underwater setting, and seems to visually articulate Powers’ views on this former project.

“I ended Youth Lagoon because it became a mental dungeon, & I was its captive,” Powers explains. “My intention was never to keep it going — only to serve as a nod to the blooming years. It’s been said the worst prisons are the ones we build for ourselves / the barriers, rules, & regulations that we choose to live by out of fear of the unknown or because we think it’s what we’re supposed to do. But I now feel freed. This project is the beginning of something new; not the continuation of something old.”

Watch Video for New Single “Blue Rose” from Amen Dunes

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The fifth album, Freedom, from Damon McMahon aka Amen Dunes is setting up to be potentially his best work to date. “Blue Rose” is the latest track (following “Miki Dora”) from it and comes with a video directed by Alex Goldberg. The LP is available for pre-order through Sacred Bones.

The Shacks Share Visual for “Follow Me”

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We couldn’t be more excited to see the profile of The Shacks, the Queens duo of Shannon Wise and Max Shrager, grow exponentially after their appearance in a iPhone commercial last fall with their version of the Dave Berry single “The Strange Effect” written by Ray Davies of The Kinks off their underrated debut EP from 2016. On March 30th, they will release their debut long-play, Haze, via Big Crown Records produced by label co-founder Leon Michels. “Follow Me” is the excellent lead single and we now have a visual accompaniment directed by Catherine Orchard. Pre-order the LP here.

Premiere: Watch the Atmospheric Video for New Economy’s “Felt by Way of (An Emotionally Charged Aldous Huxley)”

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New Economy is the project of Indianapolis actuary-by-day Gena Watson. Her latest output, Birth of Ergonomics, is slated to drop on February 2nd via Warm Ratio (Hoops, Sleeping Bag, Vadaat Charigam, Kevin Krauter). “Felt by Way of (An Emotionally Charged Aldous Huxley)” acts as the first taste from the collection of meditative gems and comes in tow with an hypnotic visual directed by Jakob Bergman to compliment. The track is an emotionally cathartic experience slowly building layered instrumentation into pulsating light of sound over its 12 plus minutes in duration. No matter what we were doing at a given moment, the song seemed to pull out an added depth that wouldn’t have otherwise existed when it was playing in the backdrop and was magical when playing with snow falling outside our window. The video can be found below and pre-order for the cassette is available here.

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Porches Shares Video for New Single “Country”

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We are looking at 2018 before we get a new album and follow-up to last year’s exceptional Pools from Aaron Maine’s Porches project. However, we do have a brand new meditative track “Country” to hold us over until then along with a beautifully shot visual companion. The production is a dreamy as ever with the song it self coming off as an affirmation or prayer with Dev Hynes and Bryndon Cook inserting some harmonies.